Let’s Celebrate the SMP RONE Nominees! By Lauren Linwood


I wasn’t much of an athlete growing up, so I don’t have a collection of trophies and ribbons from days of running track or playing soccer. I did win some academic awards, though, and I was named Most Likely to Succeed by my senior class.

As I continued on my journey through adulthood, I felt fortunate to be honored by my peers when I was recognized as Teacher of the Year at two different high schools where I taught. I also beamed with pride anytime a student asked me to the Top 5% Banquet, which honored the students with the highest GPAs in the district. They were allowed to invite a teacher who had influenced their lives in a positive manner, and I cherish each time I got to attend with one of my amazing students.

Now I’m a writer—and with over 3 million new titles released on Kindle last year? Let’s just say I’m not hitting the New York Times best seller list. But I am pleased to be honored by InD’Tale Magazine, landing 3 nominations for a RONE Award. This award honors the best books in indie & small publishing. They are ones who achieved high ratings by InD’Tale reviewers in order to be eligible. The public is then allowed to vote from the list of nominees, with the highest number of votes allowing a novel to progress to the finals. The finalists get a read by a group of industry professionals, and the book with the top score will win the RONE in each category.

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My western historical romances A Game of Chance and Written in the Cards are my entries in the American Historical category this year.


Since a voter can only vote once, as the “mom” of these books, it’s hard to choose which of my “babies” should get my vote! Both novels are the stories of a gambler who comes to find love in an unusual way. You can vote for either book till the end of Friday here:


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In the Pre-Medieval category, my novel A Bit of Heaven on Earth can receive votes May 11-17 at:


InD’Tale Magazine is a huge supporter of romance authors. We here at Soul Mate Publishing have several authors up for a RONE Award in many of the categories. Take time to support your fellow Soulies in a variety of categories, from Sweet Contemporary to Post-Medieval to Paranormal. Most nominees have either posted through our email loop or on our author FB site as to which of their books were nominated. It would be terrific for SMP’s profile and these authors’ careers, so spend a minute of your time and help out all these wonderful authors!



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2 Responses to Let’s Celebrate the SMP RONE Nominees! By Lauren Linwood

  1. kathybryson says:

    Congrats Laura! This is a wonderful accomplishment, well earned!

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